Saturday, January 3, 2015

1/3/15 The 'Walled City' in Kowloon

In 1984 I spent the summer traveling in Asia, which included a week in Hong Kong. After watching a televised news story about the residents of the Walled City, I asked someone to give me a tour of what amounted to a large square city block in the midst of Kowloon over which neither the Chinese nor the British claimed jurisdiction. We descended into a maze of dark/damp alleyways which dipped and climbed past small shops and living spaces. An intricate network of overhead conduits/naked wires presumably supplied the power for lighting, whereas water was fed through an improvised network of dripping pipes. An extraordinary experience.